THE BACK STORY
Did you attend summer camp when you were a child? Do you remember swimming in a lake, riding a horse, making friends—some life long, singing campfire songs, learning life lessons? Camp Kidwell is so much to so many! We offer our community a wide variety of programs: Overnight Camp, Day Camp, School Programming, Community Events, Facilities for weddings, family reunions, social gatherings and much more. Our facility is set on 150 beautiful acres on Eagle Lake in southwest Michigan. Our mission is to provide extraordinary camping experiences for children and to be a resource to 4-H, community youth, families, groups and organizations throughout the region. Our Motto is to teach young people lessons for life in a safe, fun and loving environment.
2020 has been a very challenging year for our entire country! Not only are all of us dealing with the challenges of a terrible virus, but also the results of all the changes we have had to make in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Camp Kidwell has definitely felt the consequences of the adjustments and changes that have taken place. As a 4-H Camp, we work closely with Michigan State University and the Michigan State Extension program. In an effort to keep all extension and 4-H participants and staff as safe as possible, the extension administration implemented a completely virtual/no face to face plan until at least the first of next year. With the uncertainty the early Covid-19 outbreak brought, virtual was determined to be the safest and best way to continue to offer programing and support to participants. As part of the 4-H organization, Camp Kidwell is required to follow this plan. This meant no summer camps, no facility rentals and a very, very different, uncomfortable and challenging 2020. It has been very difficult to see Camp Kidwell shut down since March.
HOW TO HELP
With literally no income accruing for 2020 since May our budget is nonexistent, so Camp Kidwell’s Board of Directors and Staff are turning to you, our many supporters for help. Camp still has expenses for overhead such as electric, gas, mortgage, insurance, etc. Staff is down to our long-time director KJ Kelly and one part time maintenance person. With our amazing staff, our outstanding volunteers have graciously spent many hours helping with the upkeep of camp, aiding with spring and summer (and soon fall & winter) property clean up, mowing grass, painting, making new curtains for the cabins and sprucing up camp wherever needed. Camp looks amazing; however it is not enough to keep Camp Kidwell going and growing.
WE ARE ASKING YOU, OUR LOYAL SUPPORTERS TO PLEASE MAKE A GENEROUS GIFT TO CAMP KIDWELL THAT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT OF IRS LAWS. No donation is too small or too large! We are hoping to bring in enough contributions to allow Camp Kidwell to begin 2021 in the black. A new year and a new beginning for camp which has been in existence since 1949 welcoming smiling and enthusiastic youngsters for summer camp and helping them to Make Memories of a Lifetime!
WHAT TO EXPECT
We are working hard to come up with ways to bring in funds for camp. We are excited to offer this opportunity for individuals and businesses to support our camp and programs. Our plan is to offer a variety of ways for you to help us reach our goal. Not only can you give here, but we will be continuing our wreath and poinsettia sales this year, presenting Festival of Trees and setting up several other events to help make this fundraiser a HUGE SUCCESS.
We are making many changes to our largest fundraiser Festival of Trees that will keep everyone safe. It won’t be the same as in previous years, but it will be just as beautiful and festive for everyone who participates.